Dear friend,

Dwight Hall's Student Executive Committee (ExComm) is devastated and outraged by the recent killings of Black people in this country. George Floyd should be alive today. Breonna Taylor should be alive today. Ahmaud Arbery should be alive today. Countless victims of racist and anti-Black violence should be alive today. We hope that they all rest in peace, and we pray for their loved ones. 

No amount of grief can bring back those innocent lives, and nothing will change unless WE ALL fight for change . As such, ExComm stands in solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis and nationwide that actively confront an unacceptable status quo. There can be no peace until the four police officers -- Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng -- are arrested and charged for the murder of George Floyd, and there's accountability for all acts of police brutality.

Injustice has plagued this country since its inception. Systemic racism devastates lives every day, as evidenced by disproportionate rates of incarceration and COVID-19 deaths in Black communities. Dwight Hall is committed to opposing systemic racism, and its violent outputs, in all of its forms. 

As Dr. Cornel West recently asked , "Can you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people are indifferent, people don't care, people are callous?" There's strength in numbers and your voice is needed to foster a better society . Never be indifferent to hate.

Below, you will find some ways to take action.

Yours in service,
Dwight Hall Student Executive Committee
PROTESTS

Message from Zakaria, Yale 2022:

"As many of you know, there have been multiple nights of protests in Minneapolis as a result of the wrongful murder of George Floyd. The last few days have been difficult to process. Two nights ago, my aunt's restaurant was looted. Her windows were shattered, and the inside was completely burnt. My aunt understands the anger pulsing throughout Minneapolis. We stand in solidarity with George Floyd and his family.

In 2018, my aunt opened the restaurant as a lifelong dream. With little but her life savings, she built her dream from scratch. On May 28, 2020, her dream was destroyed. The Covid-19 lockdowns have emptied the restaurant's emergency funds. I humbly ask you to help me rebuild her dream. May Allah reward you for your prayers and generosity."

Questions? Email cocoordinators@dwighthall.org .